Sony has announced a slimline compact camera that manages to fit in a surprisingly large range of features in a form no thicker than an iPhone 3GS.
At 13.2mm thick, the Sony DSC-TX55 Cyber-shot camera is certainly compact and with the face of the camera measuring the same as a typical credit card, this is a camera you really can bring anywhere with you.
The slimness is down to a couple of innovations by Sony including the 5x optical zoom lens being periscope, meaning it won’t protrude from the body of the camera. On the rear is a 3.3in OLED touchscreen which takes up almost all available space leaving only three physical buttons – on/off, shutter and zoom. Storage is also slimmed down with the option of microSD cards or Sony's own Memory Stick Micro (M2) available.
The DSC-TX55 boasts a back-lit 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor which should help taking shots in poor light conditions a bit easier. With a technology called ‘By Pixel Super Resolution’, Sony claims you will be able to digitally extend the zoom range to 10x without any noticeable loss in image quality. The compact camera will be able to shoot in Full 1080p HD too and thanks to a feature called ‘Dual Rec’, you will be able to take up to 10 12-megapixel still images without interrupting the recording.
One new feature, which sounds very intriguing, is Superior Auto. It will take six shots in quick succession with varying sensitivity and shutter speeds, before combing the results together for one noise-free and pin-sharp image. The feature also has an anti-blink mode when taking portrait shots. It sounds as if soon all we'll need to do is press a button and the camera will do the rest for us.
The DSC-TX55 will be available in September in black but Sony is remaining tight-lipped about the price until closer to the release date.